We believe…… that “everyone” at Vanguard Secondary has the same responsibilities to conduct themselves in ways that support diversity and universal safety. Our students and staff are made aware of our social responsibilities and moral obligations to be accepting of everyone.
Students come to Vanguard to get away from drama and stress… our school is designed as a trauma sensitive environment that is meant to do just that.
We are a community of learners that everyday strive to be “free from the drama and stressors” that have become barriers for some of our students. Our ultimate goal is to be a different learning experience and to be socially innovative… thus, Vanguards.
Everyone Has a Duty to Report Often when we hear in the media about a violent incident, we learn that the threat-maker had made threats in advance of acting violently. To keep our school communities safe, students, parents, staff and community members must report all threat-related behaviours and high-risk activities.
The Board of Education recognizes that the School District is committed to providing an educational environment that is safe, welcoming, respectful and affirming for all students, families and staff. The Board recognizes and values diversity within the community and all schools foster and promote inclusive and accepting cultures throughout the District.
The Langley School District believes that everyone has the right to learn and work in a safe, caring, healthy and orderly environment. All members of the school community are expected to maintain an attitude that is cooperative, courteous and respectful. It is a shared responsibility to demonstrate positive conduct while attending any school or District related activity, regardless of time and location.
Respect Yourself – care about your learning and yourself
Some examples include:
- make positive choices
- be on time and prepared to learn and do your best
- be a positive contributor to the learning environment
Respect Others – be considerate of the personal feelings, space and belongings of others
Some examples include:
- be polite, honest and communicate respectfully
- be responsible for your actions
- be respectful of personal and cultural diversity
Respect Property – respect the school’s environment
Some examples include:
- treat school equipment with care
- clean up after yourself and recycle
- ask before borrowing property
Be Safe – follow school rules and expectations
Some examples include:
- use appropriate hallway etiquette
- report dangerous situations to staff
- follow protocols for positive digital citizenship
All members of the school community are expected to comply with the purpose and spirit of the British Columbia Human Rights Code (Section 7 and 8), including not engaging in discriminatory conduct on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, political beliefs, and age.
Discriminatory conduct includes publishing or displaying anything that could discriminate against another based on accommodation, service and facility, or expose them to contempt or ridicule, on the basis of the above grounds.
The Langley School District encourages positive conduct from all members of the school community. It is not acceptable to directly or indirectly engage in behaviour that is considered:
- dangerous, including fighting or assault (or play fighting)
- disrespectful, rude or defiant
- interfering with the learning environment
- bullying (including cyberbullying), harassment, intimidation, threatening or violent
- indirect involvement (bystander) in incidents of violence, bullying or harassment
- retaliatory in nature
- unsafe, possessing weapons or replicas and explosives (such as fireworks/firecrackers)
- theft or vandalism
- plagiarism or cheating
- unauthorized leaving of school grounds
- the dangerous use of cars, bicycles, skateboards and other equipment
- possession, use, distribution of any illegal or restricted substances
- illegal, including smoking on school property
- misuse of technology and electronic devices
Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are some examples and not an alI-inclusive list.
School safety is paramount. Consequences for behaviour not meeting the Code of Conduct will be applied in a manner that respects individual differences, age appropriateness and past conduct. Whenever possible, incidents will be resolved by discussion, mediation, restorative action, restitution and if necessary, meetings with parents or guardians. Every effort to support students, staff, parents and guardians, and to determine the root causes of behaviour will be made. While the District hopes that strategies are learning experiences, there are times where the following consequences may apply:
review of school and District expectations
- loss of privileges (i.e. placement in an alternate setting, detention, modified schedule)
- community service
- consultation with School District Staff, RCMP, Fire Department and other community agencies
- Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA)
- suspension (for both students and staff)
- in the case of students, expulsion
- in the case of staff, termination
- in the case of parents and guardians, application of Section 177 of the School Act
The consequences cited above are only examples and not an alI-inclusive list, and are not necessarily in progressive order. Decisions of District staff are eligible for appeal in accordance with District Policy No. 1205 – Bylaws of the Board – Student/Parent Appeals
The Langley School District Code of Conduct supercedes all previous District and individual school’s Codes of Conduct in whatever form and has been structured to align with and adhere to the standards outlined in:
- The School Act 85(1.1) 168 (2) (s.1) Provincial Standards Ministerial Order 276/07, effective October 17, 2007
- B. C. Human Rights Code
- B.C. Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools A Guide (Nov. 2008) and Developing and Reviewing Codes of Conduct: A Companion (Aug. 2007), both found at www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sco/
- The Langley School District Fair Notice Protocol
- School District No. 35 – Policy No. 7200 – Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy
- School District No. 35 – Policy 6200 – Workplace Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment
- School District No. 35 – Policy 1205 – Bylaws of the Board: Student/Parent Appeals
The Langley School District wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Safer Schools Together and the Burnaby School District for their contributions to this document.
The intent of a dress guideline is to set expectations to assist students, staff, and parents in decision-making with respect to clothing. It is not intended to be prescriptive nor punitive, but to provide a level of clarity so that correction or discipline is not required.
Dress guidelines are intended to incorporate individual preferences for students and their families to dress in a manner that they choose. Individual choice is however tempered by a responsibility to recognize that a school is a learning and working environment, in which there is an expectation of reasonableness.
Staff members have a responsibility to assist students in understanding and abiding by the District dress guidelines. Parents have a responsibility to support appropriate dress for the school and the workplace.
Clothing should be comfortable and allow a student to participate safely in activities such as physical education, science experiments, and/or shop projects. Clothing should demonstrate a respect for the school community. Clothing should meet standards of suitability that are typical of an office workplace and should not be offensive to others.
Articles of clothing that promote alcohol or drugs, that display offensive language or images, or that encourage sexism, racism or bigotry are not acceptable in a school. Clothing bearing direct or indirect messages or graphics referring to gang culture, sex or pornography, weapons or violence will not be permitted.
When there are differences in perspective, all involved have a duty to seek common understanding in a mutually respectful manner. Ultimately, the school administration has the responsibility to apply the dress guidelines when necessary. If any person dresses in an inappropriate manner, the student should be advised personally and discretely and given an opportunity to meet the District guidelines.